Experiencing English Law Schools
The Student Perspective
This article examines Blackstone’s Tower: The English Law School from the perspective of law students entering and studying in law schools 25+ years after the publication of the book. The article provides an alternative ‘tour’ of an English law school, the tour that might be given by students. In doing so it asks to what extent students now would recognize the tour on which Twining took us in 1994 and what key sites and debates are either missing or now redundant. In particular, the article aims to encourage us to think about both physical and digital aspects of campus life, the increasing role of marketing, the growing emphasis on student support (particularly relating to wellbeing) and the continuing tensions between the vocational and liberal legal education.
Key words: legal education; law students; student experience; student support.
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